January 2017 Chapter Meeting

Triad ISSA Chapter Meeting – January 26th

ISSA Triad of NC

When: January 26th, 2016, 6-8 PM


Forsyth Technical Community College

2100 Silas Creek Parkway

Oak Grove Center – Conference Center

Winston-Salem, NC


Cost: Free for Triad ISSA Chapter Members and First Time Visitors. $10 for returning visitors.  Dinner will be provided.

If you know of any other security professionals interested in attending, please forward this invite on to them and copy us on your correspondence.



  1. Meet, greet, network, and dinner (will be provided) (6:00 pm – 6:45 pm)
  1. Chapter business (6:45 pm – 7:00 pm)
  1. Presentation (7:00 pm – 8:00 pm): Dissecting the OPM Breach: How artificial intelligence and threat hunting removed the APT.




Thomas Pace of Cylance will explain what happened during the OPM breach, the motivation for the breach, and the long-term impacts of the breach. Thomas will also discuss Cylance’s role in responding to the breach. This will include the tools, processes, and procedures that were utilized to detect and remove the threat actors from the OPM environment. The lasting impacts of the OPM breach will be discussed from an intelligence and national security perspective. An examination of how this breach could have been prevented will be discussed to provide lessons learned and enable organizations to avoid the same pitfalls. Thomas will discuss proactive based incident response and threat hunting tactics that Cylance employs to respond to incidents in an industry leading capacity. Additionally, Thomas will discuss how Cylance employs a preventative based incident response practice that will leave organizations in a preventative state. Even after an incident, organizations will be in a preventative state if they leverage artificial intelligence. Thomas will discuss how even the most advanced malware can be stopped in its tracks by leveraging artificial intelligence.


Presenter’s Biography: 


Thomas Pace has an extensive background in building incident response programs, policies, procedures, and playbooks at multiple top tier organizations. Thomas has 11 years of security experience in various fields including physical security, intelligence gathering and analysis, sensitive site exploitation, incident response, intrusion analysis, and endpoint and network forensics.


At Cylance Thomas serves as a Principal Consultant where he acts as a technical lead on various projects sold and delivered as well as creating processes and methodologies to better assist Cylance’s client base. Thomas conducts incident readiness assessments, security tool assessments, as well as responding to incidents when needed. Thomas is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University where he has developed a portion of the Homeland Security Studies program curriculum centered around cyber security. Thomas also currently provides guidance and expertise to the New Orleans cloud security community as the Louisiana Cloud Security Alliance Co-Chair. Thomas possesses a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Information Security and multiple industry certifications such as CISSP, GCIH, and GCIA.


Register for this month’s meeting at https://triadnc-issa-2017-01.eventbrite.com.


ISSA Triad of NC

The Information Systems Security Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.

The Triad of NC chapter provides a local resource for information security professionals to get together, learn new things, and develop relationships with others in the industry. If you are involved in information security, full or part time, or are simply interested in the subject, this organization is a great way to learn and grow.

The Triad of NC chapter meets the 4th Thursday of each month January – October and the 2nd Thursday in November and December.  Meeting venues are generally rotated monthly between Dynamic Quest in Greensboro and Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem.